Darin Knapp, Faculty Award 2018

Darin earned his undergraduate degree in Family Studies in 2011 and in 2013 his master’s degree in Marriage & Family Therapy both from Brigham Young University and his Ph.D. of Philosophy in Marriage and Family Therapy from Kansas State University in 2016.  He joined the Norton School as an Assistant Professor of Practice in Family Studies and Human Development in August 2016. Dr. Knapp teaches four FSHD courses and is the Undergraduate Coordinator for the FSHD program. His professional affiliations include: American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy, National Council on Family Relations, Kansas Association for Marriage and Family Therapy and Utah Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.


Darin’s interest areas include emotional connection in couple romantic relationships, infidelity in romantic relationships, counseling processes, mental health in family contexts, and other areas related to relationship health. He is a licensed marriage and family therapist and practiced therapy for six years prior to moving to Arizona and plans to begin practicing in Tucson sometime in the near future.


Darin directs the recruitment and retention efforts for the family studies and human development major. He also received specialized training from school and college-level marketing personnel to develop program logo, branding and marketing materials to use in recruitment. In his administrative role, he works within the Norton School Student Services Office on tasks related to undergraduate curriculum, experience, recruitment and retention.


Dr. Knapp has co-developed a Norton School Teaching Workshop series that runs every academic year and focuses on training faculty colleagues along with staff and graduate students on best teaching practices. He co-advised the FSHD Ambassadors student club and regularly chairs honors student theses.


Darin is dedicated to student success and enjoys providing mentorship to students both inside and outside of the classroom. Recently, he participated in Norton School’s “Student Appreciation Day” where he helped pass out Eegees to students to show appreciation for them. Darin is known for his willingness to go above and beyond the call of duty for the Norton School.  He is also thoughtful of other faculty and staff. The Norton School Council of Alumni and Friends has the support of Dr. Knapp. He has assisted in the Graduation Reception hosted by the Council by being the faculty member invited to announce all the FSHD awards and he willingly participates in other Council sponsored events.

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